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  • Washington, DC - 5 Days
    March 21

    Investment Manager Training

    About the IMT

    The ANDE Investment Manager Training course is the only course of its kind which provides a comprehensive overview of investing in small and growing businesses. The course is designed both for investment managers who are actively making investments in SGBs and capacity development providers who are working to support entrepreneurs through the investment process.

    This five day course is based largely on actual deals made by ANDE members and is designed to be highly interactive and participatory. It will also focus on the social and environmental impact of investing at this level, and how that affects the investment process. This is the only course of its kind that focuses on both investing in emerging and developing markets and impact investing.

    “This course tied together our knowledge of impact with the tools and skills needed on the financial/investment side. Very helpful. John is a great, engaging instructor.”

    “This course dove into the complexities and nuances of impact investing and has helped shape my perspective to better do my job as an investment manager.”

    If you are interested in gaining additional knowledge on investing in early stage deals in emerging markets from some of the leaders in the field, then this is the course for you.

  • Virtual - 1 Day
    March 21

    Why Palm Oil Needs a Multistakeholder Approach to Become More Sustainable

    Palm oil can be found in close to 50% of the packaged products we find in supermarkets. It’s up to 10 times more productive than grapeseed or sunflower oils — covering only about 7% of the world’s arable land while producing 40% of its vegetable oil. This makes it an attractive crop for many smallholder farmers, who can rely on the steady income it provides. With so many uses and growing consumer demand, global palm oil production has tripled since the start of the century, mainly driven by expansion in Indonesia and Malaysia, the largest producing countries.

    However, palm oil production is also one of the major drivers of global deforestation and consequently of biodiversity loss, including of endangered species such as the orangutan. The loss of forests — coupled with the conversion of carbon-rich peat soils — contribute to increase in greenhouse gas emissions, and ultimately, to global warming.

    The production of more sustainable palm oil is possible and there is an important role for companies, smallholder farmers, governments, civil society, and consumers to play in that transition. Well-planned and managed production can provide improved incomes and employment for farmers and groups along the supply chain.

    Consumers and regulators are increasingly demanding traceability and promoting the consumption of “deforestation-free” products, requiring more transparency from third-party suppliers and manufacturers. Certifications ensuring sustainable production are crucial. But 40% of the world’s palm oil is produced by small-scale farmers that may not always have the know-how or the resources needed to meet certification requirements.

    This event, hosted by Devex in partnership with Golden Agri-Resources, will explore how a multistakeholder approach — with smallholder farmers at the center — can help ensure more sustainable palm oil production. It will also discuss the role of improving transparency and traceability in the supply chain to help tackle deforestation — and ensure that more sustainable and effective farming methods are available to all.

    Time: 11 A.M. CET/5 P.M. GMT+7

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